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Spring 2015


The Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC has a 300-acre farm. The administration contacted Clemson University for assistance with a business plan, upgrades and putting into operation sustainable practices. A team was formed with the goal of the home's administration to reactivate farming. The team has four groups working, respectively, on a business plan, a marketing plan, documentation via photography/videography, and student organizations/clubs service projects. The business plan includes steps to improve the small poultry flock and implement aquaponics. Funds for these operations are in place, but other phases for the farm require marketing to raise awareness and donations. This spring student groups helped work on a poultry house and assist with bringing the dinning hall kitchen up to DHEC standards. The photography/videography group is documenting all improvements and implementations. In time, the farm will be fully functionally with animal and vegetable products for local markets.


Poster presentation at Clemson University 10th Annual Focus on Creative Inquiry Forum, Clemson, SC.